Stir-Fry Veggie Sambar for Chalks and Chopsticks

Home, Or Something Like It The Roommates liked to eat– Indian food, exactly as mom had made it– and that’s why they decided it was time they learned how to cook. It was their first semester at grad school and they had more time than they could gossip, hang out, and study, in that order…. 

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Coconut Quinoa

A quick post today on Coconut Quinoa, a delicious option for those hurried weeknights. Coconut Rice is one of Tamil Nadu’s most delectable dishes, and one I was introduced to when I married a Tamilian. Tamilians love their rice dishes, and with good reason: Coconut Rice, Tomato Rice, Tamarind Rice, Brinjal (Eggplant Rice), Sesame-Seed Rice,… 

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Pongalo Pongal!

Pongal

A very happy Pongal to the south Indian readers of Holy Cow! The word Pongal literally describes an overflowing, boiling pot of rice. Figuratively, it signifies prosperity and is a time to give thanks for everything you’re blessed with– an Indian Thanksgiving, so to say. And what better way to celebrate prosperity than with delicious… 

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Thayir Sadam or Curd Rice

Thayirsaadam

Some of you might wonder why curd-rice should merit a post of its own, but to understand that, to misquote Atticus Finch, you’d have to wear a South Indian’s shoes and walk around in them. Curd, or yogurt, and more specifically curd-rice, is mighty important stuff to a South Indian. When my in-laws visit, they… 

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Cabbage Paruppu Usili and 10 (More) Honest Things About Me

Cabbage Paruppu Usili

If you’re Tamil or if you have read this blog for any length of time, you know all about Paruppu Usili, the side dish that makes healthy eating both decadent and delicious. But if this is the first time you’ve heard about it, trust me, you’re in for a treat. There’s really no way you… 

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Ribbon Pakoda

When life piles two feet of snow at my door…I cook up a storm. This weekend, DC is buried under the second mega snowstorm of the season which, to understate the matter, is highly unusual. Typically we are overjoyed to get five or six inches of snow (if that) three or four times each winter. We take pictures of… 

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Brown Rice Dosa

Brown Rice Dosa

Here’s a recipe for the ultimate Brown Rice Dosa. Most South Indian cooks have a pot full of dosa batter sitting in their refrigerators which they can pull out at any time to make a quick and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Dosas cook pretty quickly on the skillet so in no time at… 

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Rava Upma

Rava Upma

  I’ve been writing this blog so long now that I sometimes just can’t remember off-hand which recipes I’ve shared with you. Yesterday, as I made rava upma, one of my favorite breakfast — and sometimes lunch– options, I was a little stunned to realize that I had never gotten around to posting it. Likely… 

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